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damage he has ever seen. he also said that fema will play a very strong role in the cleanup and recovery and rebuilding of this region. 83 miles long. most of it affected by this storm in a very, very big way. of course, that is part of the genesis of the meeting with the president today. the plane is now landing, i am told the president had just moments ago stopped by the fema headquarters before coming up here. and now we are told that he has landed in atlantic city. tyler, we'll be watching this meeting. we'll tell you the latest as we have it but for now, back over to you in the studio. >> kayla, thanks very much. as you just saw, air force one touching down at the atlantic city regional airport there. he's going to get aboard one of those two helicopters, along with governor chris christie of new jersey, and first do a helicopter tour of some of the devastation in the atlantic city area and up and down the jersey shorelines. then he will get out and go on foot in to some of the areas. we'll, of course, follow that story for you and bring you the images as we get them in the building
in washington, d.c., we got some statistics from fema earlier today. they say they have plenty of money on hand. they have got $3.6 billion left in their contingency fund as of october 26th. they have spent some of that now, prepositioning generators in some of the hardest-hit areas so they got the material in advance but they say they have plenty of money left in the fund. now, president obama earlier today met with some of his top disaster officials, including the admin straighter of fema, mr. few gate, at the white house in the situation room, getting the latest there. federal officials telling us that they have the money they need now and they will be able to send that out to the states now that these disaster declarations have been made. here in washington, locally, the worst passed us by, a flooded potomac river it is still in its banks. that means the worst is over here. back to you guys. >> thank you vet. super storm sandy slamming the east coast. we will talk about the impact on the gross domestic product and the retailer. >>> this video just came in of atlantic city new jersey. sectio
of the worst hit areas of the jersey shore. saying 2,000 fema personnel are on the ground in affected areas. at least 82 people have died in the u.s. as a result of sandy. most of them in new york and new jersey. the number of people without power is dropping, though there are still 4.5 million customers in the dark and it may be ten days before the hardest hit areas see their power restored. >>> meantime, nearly 20,000 flights were canceled because of sandy but stranded airline passengers are finally getting some good news. limited number of flights are taking off from laguardia this afternoon. all three major area airports are now open. airlines are waiving changeance a and cancellation fees due to the storm. >>> dedubtable on insurance claims will be discounted. fema would usually cover only 75%. governor cuomo is asking for full reimbursement. >>> we are still awaiting the possibility of janet napolitano speaking, the first federal official to do so at the mouth of the brooklyn battery tunnel where she's with cuomo at the moment. >>> gold is closing as we speak. sharon epperson has the
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